Last updated: 21 Jun 2019

Cameroon

About

Cameroon's biggest non-religious festival, which takes place in Maroua in December, is a lively spectacle of parades, shows, cultural events and happy celebration.

Lobéké is home to elusive families of western lowland gorillas. Visitors can spend the night in a specially built watchtower for the best chance of viewing these and a variety of animals, such as elephant, buffalo, giant forest hog, red river hog, yellow-backed duiker and bongo antelope.

Towering at 4,095m (13,435ft), the highest mountain in West Africa and Africa's highest active volcano is a popular mountaineering destination. Bueau, a pretty colonial town complete with red postboxes, provides an excellent base and the climb takes three to four days Exploring Korup National Park Africa's oldest and most biologically diverse rainforest hosts a wide variety of primates, birds, trees and other plants, including dozens of recently discovered species, while fording waist-high pools in 100% humidity.
Capital:  Yaoundé (YAO)
Currency:  Central African CFA Franc (XAF)
Language:  French and English. 200 local languages are also spoken. 
Dialling code from SA:  + 237
Time Zones: UTC / GMT +1 (1 hour behind South Africa)
Public Holidays 2019: 

Jan 1; Mar 29; Apr 22; May 1, 30; Jun 5, 30; Aug 12, 13, 15; Nov 1; Dec 1, 25

Side of the Road: Right (a Cameroonian driving licence is recommended and can be obtained within 24 hours for a small fee)
Best Time to Go: November – February 
Best for: "Africa in Miniature"
Plugs: 110/220 volts AC, 50Hz. Round two-pin plugs are used.
Drinking Water: All water should be regarded as being potentially contaminated. Milk is unpasteurised.
Health: Medical facilities are very limited and not recommended for international travellers. It is advisable to carry basic medical supplies.  Comprehensive health insurance is recommended and it should include emergency air evacuation coverage. If you require any medication on your travels it is best to bring it with you, in the original packaging, with a signed and dated letter from your doctor detailing exactly what it is and why you need it.
Customs: The north is predominantly Muslim and religious customs should be respected, particularly during Ramadan. Elsewhere traditional beliefs may be predominant and should be respected.  Cameras should be used with discretion. 
Local Offences / Laws: Do not photograph military installations or personnel, or government buildings. Homosexuality is illegal. Identification should be carried at all times. 
Travel Tips / Warnings: Car hire is limited and expensive. Driving is not recommended due to high number of accidents.   
Duty Free: The following goods may be imported into Cameroon without incurring customs duty:
• 400 cigarettes or 125 cigars or 500g of tobacco.
• 1L of spirits and 3L of wine.
Prohibited Imports: Unlicensed arms and ammunition; game-hunting weapons require a permit.
Prohibited Exports: Endangered flora and fauna, unless licensed.

Issuing Authorities

Cameroon High Commission
80 Marais Street, Brooklyn, Pretoria, 0075
PO Box 13790, Hatfield, 0025
Tel: (012) 460 0341/0587 Fax: (012) 460 7942
Office hours : Mon-Fri 0900-1200
Web: www.camhicom.co.za
Email: info@camhicom.co.za

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SA Representative

SA High Commission
PO Box 1636, Yaoundé, Cameroon
Rue 1801, Bastos, Yaoundé, Cameroon
Tel: +237 222 20-0440/0438/1175
Fax: +237 222 20-0995
E-mail: yaounde.visa@dirco.gov.za

Travel Health

Compulsory:  Yellow Fever 
Recommended Travel Vaccines:  Hepatitis A & B, Meningitis, Rabies, Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio
  Malaria Risk